Badgers are under imminent threat in Britain. Scapegoats for farmers' failings and outrageous political backslapping.
As early as June this year, thousands could meet a violent end at the end of a gun in a mass slaughter driven by the dairy industry. Read more.
Please help us spread the message that one of the best ways to save badgers is to dump dairy and tell others why you're doing it. We have produced our new Dump Dairy – Save a Badger leaflets (PDF) and posters (PDF). We held a special Day of Action on Saturday, May 18 2013. However, you can still get active for badgers! Order your free materials for door-dropping or stalls and get involved!
Find out more about Viva!'s campaigns for badgers and please pledge to boycott dairy today. Nearly 4,000 people have already pledged to dump dairy to save badgers!
Saturday 1st June, 12pm
National March Against The Badger Cull
MILLBANK, near Tate Britain, SW1P 4RG
Wear black and white to show support for the badgers.
Twitter: Badger March @protestthecull
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More news as we get it!
Viva! looks forward to seeing you there!
Viva! joins Team Badger!: We joined Brian May and the other coalition groups in Bristol recently at a mass rally at College Green. For details of Team Badger and the latesst meetings and protests click here.
Please sign Brian's petition against the 'cull' today - it is now at over 200,000 signatures!
Check out Brian's amazing Save Me project.
Viva!'s Walk for Badgers!
Thank you helping us raise over £800
Team Viva! completed a 12 mile walk on 8th September 2012 to raise awareness of the looming threat to badgers in England of 'culling'. A massive thank you to everyone who donated. If you haven't already you can still give to help raise funds for us to continue to fight for Britain's wildlife.
Find out more about Viva!’s campaigns for badgers and please pledge to boycott dairy today!
It is a fact that hunting with hounds is most prevalent in areas of England and Wales where TB in cattle is at its worst. Yet badgers are blamed for the spread of TB! Read more about this potential link and demand that Governments in both countries abandon plans to ‘cull’ badgers and improve biosecurity in the countryside to tackle TB. Find out more and send our pre-prepared message today.
Viva! unearths how poor biosecurity measures at markets – and not badgers – are a significant cause of the TB crisis in cattle. Watch our shocking investigation.
By Andrew Birch, originally published in The Observer.
Why are badgers being Scapegoated?
Badgers are harmless, loved, unique and secretive. Yet they face illegal trapping, baiting with dogs and 50,000 die on the roads each year in Britain. Now they face their biggest threat yet - the dairy industry!
British badgers are still being accused by farmers of being the main culprits in spreading bovine TB. The real culprits are farming practices so intense that dairy cows face numerous infections and rarely survive beyond five years old. TB tests are often inaccurate, allowing disease carriers to reinfect their herd or to be transported around the UK, infecting new herds.
They are ignoring the 10 year study by top scientists which established that badger 'culling' will not control TB in cattle. This means many animals will be cruelly killed to no purpose - other than mollifying farmers who refuse to change their ways.
A dairy cow's babies are taken away so humans can have her milk. Many male calves are shot shortly after birth! Made pregnant again, she has to feed herself, her foetus and produce up to 120 pints of milk a day. Is it any wonder her immune system is in shreds?
Save badgers... and cows!
The surest way to save badgers now and in the future is to stop buying meat and dairy. The bonus is that dairy cows will no longer live in pain, you're likely to improve your health and you will be doing the single most important thing to protect the environment.
National Rally for the Badgers! Cardiff June 28 2008 - read how the day went here!
Read about the Rally for Badgers in North Wales - July 26 2008 - here!
Welsh Day of Action! Saturday, September 2008 - read the report.